Imperial Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by bobhits:
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is one dark looking beer. Nearly black liquid pours out of the glass, just light hints of browns. Surprisingly, it isn't motor oil thick on the glass, but a bit more tame in nature. A half inch of thick mocha colored head with some nice lacing finishes things off nicely.
There's a certain aroma I pick up on with aged imperial stouts. it comes from faded hops and molasses starting to shift the balance that direction. As for this beer there's a hint of coffee to start off, followed by some roasted chocolate malts, molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts,
Sweet malt profile not really descriptive, perhaps a bit like sweet lactose. Chocolate and somewhat off fruits come next and give this one a bit more of that aged stout feel (I need a better word for this). Finally, there is an intense bitter black coffee the starts almost the second the beer leaves the tongue and lingers minutes after the last sip. This is easily one of the most bitter stouts I've had.
I really almost did mouth feel before taste. This is very creamy with a lot of body and just enough carbonation to carry it through. My preference would be more body or more carbonation, but I think this hits a great balance overall.
I paid a premium to get this one as a single (don't you hate when a bottle shop marks up singles?) but even at about 3 bucks a bottle it is pretty solid. The bitterness is great. I really would like to see this one with added coffee to enhance the already fairly intense roasted coffee flavors here.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2011 12:08:37 | More by bobhits
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Blind tasting (no visuals)--a really sharp, full taste, hard on the tongue but with overtones like a heady wine. Goes down too smooth for a high ABV brew. Some of the very best stout I've ever had, and I've had too many to count. But it's an Imperial brew for sure, not a Guinness easy-going breakfast replacement. Youzer! Sense the mixture of immediate taste (full) and the long lag on the followthrough (surprisingly complex and not bitter or out of balance). The other beers from this brewer do no especially inspire, but this is another beast altogether. I dare you to taste it blind, knowing nothing about who made it.
Serving type: on-tap
09-18-2013 20:25:10 | More by tiltedglass
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours jet black, dark brown head of two fingers. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, hints of raisin, chocolate and light coffee. Taste starts of with a bit of chocolate raisins, cocoa powder, and roast, and char. Feels full bodied, chewy, rich and thick. Pleasantly drinkable, and all in all, I'm pleasantly surprised by how nice, tasty, and rich this is given my usual average opinion of Mendocino.
Serving type: bottle
08-06-2013 00:19:05 | More by EgadBananas
Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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